It has recently been announced that the full £3.74m estimated cost for the restoration of the Victorian Conservatory has been secured.
Wentworth’s beautiful iron glasshouse was in danger of being lost forever until it became the main focus of restoration plans. The building is familiar to many people around the country as one of the "stars" of BBC TV’s "Restoration" series, but most don’t know that it remained at risk of being lost forever.
The ironwork is very fragile as a result of long-term neglect and only a skeleton or support scaffolding is preventing the conservatory from complete collapse.
The restoration of the Victorian Conservatory will be a further stage along the route to returning the Wentworth estate to its former glories. The Conservatory together with the newly created interpretation and education spaces will allow the site to be used by the wider community and bring it within reach of many new audiences.
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Wentworth Castle is a Grade 1 listed building and is home to the Northern College for Residential Adult Education.
Wentworth Castle Gardens & Stainborough Park is the only Grade One Listed landscape in South Yorkshire, and contains a collection of 26 listed buildings and monuments.
The estate is now in the process of being restored, and over £16m was raised to complete phase one of the restoration (2004-08). Rare formal gardens have been rediscovered, national collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias enhanced and over 100,000 bulbs planted.
Wentworth Castle, was the seat of the recreated Earls of Strafford.
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